Historic Bomberger’s Whiskey In Pennsylvania Due For Resurrection

| October 13, 2014

Is Pennsylvania (once again) becoming a hot bed for whiskey? If you go back to pre-Prohibition days, it was one of the states in which this liquor category came highly regarded from. After a long dormant period, new kids on the block like Wigle are breathing life back into it, while older brands such as Bomberger’s are being resurrected to cash in on a demand for nostalgia and quality booze.

A recent article brought to light that the old time Bomberger’s name is being considered for a comeback by an intrepid team which includes the former master distiller of Michter’s whiskey. This latter brand heralded at one time from the old Bomberger’s distillery in Pennsylvania, which closed shop for the last time in 1989 and which, despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is said to be in decrepit shape.


What’s being proposed by the group working with Dick Stoll, described as the “last member of a near extinguished legacy of distillers pre-dating the country itself,” is a two-fold venture. Part involves creating a new Bomberger’s Distillery in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, while the other seems to be helping to keep this state’s whiskey history remembered through funding ongoing preservation of the original location.

The first whiskey out the gate under the new Bomberger’s brand is an American blend that its makers are wisely saying comes from others for the time being. To be specific, it is

a blend of 2 1/2 year MGP Bourbon (75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malt) and 3 year McKenzie Rye Whiskey from the good folks at Finger Lakes Distillery.

The packaging for this limited edition bottling, which reportedly will number between 3,700 and 3,800, has certain old school charms to it. There’s no word on pricing at this point, but it looks to be a cool release you’ll want to be on the look out for when it starts surfacing this month.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...